Another question for forum members. The propeller
shaft stuffing box on my new-to-me Hood
38 is a traditional design, fitted to the boat with a short hose. No grease fittings, no bleed valves or vent, no fancy bellows. But the stuffing box does not drip. I backed off the two packing adjustment screws, and still no drip. In fact, the adjustment screws just loosened up, and the packing fitting did not back out, even when I pulled on it.
So, there is no apparent water
flow to lubricate the shaft. Yet the shaft and box are always cool to the touch after running. Has anyone seen this before. If it's cool, am I okay? If it's not dripping, am I destroying my shaft?
Have you seen this before?
Thanks for any guidance.